Obama adviser: Debate about framing solutions, not one-liners

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The first presidential debate of the 2012 election is Wednesday, and the focus of that debate will be on the economy and domestic policy.

Robert Gibbs, President Obama's senior campaign adviser, told First Coast News' Phil Amato that the debate will be judged more on how the candidates frame solutions to issues such as job creation and less on flash.

"I don't think the debate will be judged by ... who has the best one-liners and the best zingers. I think that most undecided voters and most people in this country, and in Florida, want to hear are specific plans that each of these candidates have," he said.

Gibbs said the President wants to use the debate as a chance to have a direct discussion with the American people on how to grow economy and improve education.

Analysts say that because of the focus on issues, the debate itself could be boring.

"I don't know that any of these things could ever be boring but I will say I think most of these analysts are correct," Gibbs said. " ... I think each one of them is going to sit down and want to have things that they want to discuss."

Firstcoastnews.com will carry a live stream of the debate beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday. It will also be broadcast on WJXX-ABC 25 and WTLV-NBC 12.


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